In a new video, broken Playstation 4 The consoles were stacked in a tower to raise awareness of an ongoing electronic issue: the right to repair. The fight for this right extends to everything from game consoles (like PlayStation and Xbox) to smartphones. Even the President of the United States, Joe Biden, recently supported the right to repair, but it is important to note that this right already exists in one of the largest industries in the world – the auto industry. There are laws in the United States that require auto companies to make sure the various parts are available to consumers, as well as instruction manuals on how everything works. This right gives consumers the freedom to make repairs to their vehicles themselves. But some of the major electronics companies still don’t work the same way, and although the functions of the PlayStation 5 were recently revealed by a patent, users still have a hard time repairing their own machines.
The right to repair is important for many reasons, including the fact that it helps prevent tons of perfectly functional products from being left in a landfill. A major problem with many consoles and smartphones is that it is often much more lucrative for a business to encourage consumers to simply buy a new product than to sell parts and instructions on how to make the device last longer. Any console gamer will remember the Xbox 360 and the dreaded red ring of death, something that is now being mimicked by the Xbox One’s black screen of death. This red ring was scary not only because it meant the Xbox wouldn’t work, but also because there was nothing the consumer could reasonably do about it other than box it up, ship it to Microsoft, and wait.
YouTube channel TronicsFix posted a video a few days ago to see how many broken PS4s could be stacked on top of each other. TronicsFix brought sixty-two broken PS4s to the movie location, explaining that each of these consoles could be repaired if parts and instructions were available to the average consumer. The tower manages to get to forty-two PS4s before an unfortunate gust of wind causes the consoles to collapse. Even without racking up all the PS4s that were earned, TronicsFix still claimed that it could be a world record.
Between stacking more and more PS4, the video also discusses the right to repair. TronicsFix notes that it was easy to replace and install a part of their tractor through the manufacturer, but impossible to do with a PS4 without going to independent sources online. The importance of the right to repair stems from the consumer’s ability to choose how to repair the products they have purchased. Also, the right to repair could save time and money. Modifying consoles is a complicated situation; For example, Valve discouraged the opening of the Steam Deck in a recent video, citing potential fires along with the more traditional voiding of warranty, but many believe the benefits outweigh the potential costs.
Game consoles are hugely expensive products that are important to anyone who owns them, and it seems wrong to leave so much ownership still in the hands of big companies like Microsoft and Sony. Hopefully in the future, laws will be put in place that will allow consumers to be more informed about their consoles, and perhaps whatever the next red rings of death are they won’t be as scary as before, whether they show up on Play station or Xbox consoles.
Source: TronicsFix / YouTube